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Aaryn Belfer

Aaryn is an opinionated woman who will say anything and stop at nothing when it comes to fighting for racial and social justice. She has a penchant for 4-inch heels, straight-ahead jazz, and beautifully structured sentences. She's deeply committed to her family yet she refuses, under any circumstance, to deny her lust for Javier Bardem. Though...lately, Michael B. Jordan has been blowin' her hair back; it's safe to say, May-December romances are more socially acceptable than ever. Aaryn will tirelessly—and to the death—defend Monica Lewinsky, and not just because she has enviable hair: We all know that if we were in her MLew's shoes, we'd have walked that same damn mile in a blue Gap dress. Ms. Belfer would like to officially change her name to Aaryn Darling because she likes the way it sounds upon being introduced at cocktail parties.

Must we really go through this still? It's 2007, after all. Is being gay really that fringy? more

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This “temporary shelter” is now larger than all but one of the 204 federal prisons in America. more

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Tasha Williamson is the co-founder of The Compassion Project, a small group of community activists who support families when they lose a loved one to violence. more

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As I hover my cursor over the deactivate button, as I inch toward shutting down my personal account and figure out how I can still do my paid work there, I feel trapped. more

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Let’s get involved with something that matters to our hearts. Let’s meet someone we might not otherwise meet. more

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Here is what I know: Separation of a child from a parent should only ever be done as a last resort. more

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Born in 1970 and raised in the era of boys-will-be-boys, I was taught—at times explicitly and almost always implicitly—that when a boy made fun of your looks or mocked your body... it was because he liked you. more

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Fuck. This. Shit. Fuck all this motherfucking bullshit. more

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Our grievance? The shrouded-in-secrecy brutalization and subsequent death of Earl McNeil. more

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We got a puppy last month with the goal of getting happy in the midst of the entire Trump fuckery. more

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Those of us who have attended any of the National City Council meetings since the death of McNeil have personal experience with the outward disdain coming from Morrison and Rodriguez. more

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In an effort to get my gut clean and maybe shrink the waistline a smidge, I joined a fitness program that combines particular kinds of exercise with Intermittent Fasting. more

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It was never on my bucket list to spend a single moment of my life in jail, let alone an entire night. But when Black women speak, I listen more

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White folks have a habit of making things about us. In fact, it is a typically white thing to step into spaces and take over. more

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When Juan Vargas, Representative of the 51st Congressional District, took to the mic at the Families Belong Together march on June 23, I thought I might have a coronary. more

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With respect to the 1,500 “missing” kids, those in the know argue the descriptor is innacurate. These “unaccompanied alien children” (UACs) aren’t missing they say, but have been placed with vetted sponsors, often relatives already living in the U.S. more

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As long as they are 18, a U.S. citizen, and they are not on parole or sentenced to a state or federal prison, incarcerated individuals can exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote. more

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Dinners are a whole different beast when it comes to having an almost-eighth grader. She’s not a girl, but not yet a woman. Thank you, Britney Spears. more

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For those who have forgotten which Black victim he is in the endless list of them: Devonte was murdered at the end of last month, along with his five siblings, by their white mother when she drove her family off a cliff in Mendocino. more

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When it comes to defusing tense situations, there’s still an emphasis on shooting a gun rather than exhausting all other methods. more

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Everyone who’s anyone says you gain weight during/after menopause and everyone is right. But everyone doesn’t say, “By the way, you will gain weight in your forearms. And your fingers. Also: your ribs, your back, your shoulders, your eyeballs.” more

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